7 Ways to Get Your Growth Un-stuck (pt.1)

“So you’re KILLING IT at work, but it’s KILLING YOU inside…?” In my work through the years with all kinds of people, I can’t tell you how many times that little phrase has summed up EXACTLY why someone feels “stuck” in their life as a whole. They are seeing all sorts of success in one […]

Fear of Man

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Fear of man is a snare.  (Proverbs 29:25) The Gospel frees us from the insecurity of needing other people’s opinions to validate our worth.  It frees us, therefore, from needing to manipulate the perceptions and impressions of everyone around us. This means that when we receive the truth of the Gospel and embrace who God says we […]

Anniversaries and Expectations [An Encouraging Word]

Two years ago today, my wife and I said “I do,” and we’re not doing a thing to celebrate. Why not?  First, we both work today, and second, we’re watching our finances, staying on-budget and paying off debt (you know, those boring details of married life that don’t get special days or cards or celebrations.) For […]

God chose you to belong to His people

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but […]

What kind of person…really? (Luke 6:45)

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart.  An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.  (Luke 6:45) “I know he’s done some terrible things, but he’s really just misunderstood.” “Yeah, he cusses and yells and lies sometimes, but he’s really […]

Two Perspectives on Pull-ups in the Pool [An Encouraging Word]

The clock was ticking, and we weren’t getting anything done. My son Bradley loves the pool, and this particular morning I had agreed to join him in “training” together, practicing laps to help us both prepare for the triathlon he wants to do with me in the fall. There, in tepid waters of our little […]

Running Again

Running Again (Or, “How the Worst Itch Ever Reminded me of the Best Fix of All”) The itch was so bad I could barely stand it. There I was, surrounded by the beauty of a fresh sunrise, sidewalk-jogging past a serene waterway and a meticulously trimmed golf course, and all I could think of was […]

God reveals His blessings through community

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philemon GOD REVEALS HIS BLESSINGS THROUGH COMMUNITY And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  (Philemon 1:6) When we hear the phrase, “sharing your faith,” we likely think […]

God chose you to belong to His people

Scripture Notes on 1 Peter 2 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once […]